Big Ten Announces Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week

Dec. 15, 2009


The conference office announced on Tuesday the 10th weekly women’s swimming and diving awards for meets through Dec. 7-13. Iowa’s Verity Hicks was tabbed the conference’s top swimmer of the week while Michigan State’s Sarah Clay took home the weekly diving laurel.

Women’s Swimmer of the Week:
Verity Hicks, Iowa
Sr. - Pukekohe, New Zealand - ACG Strathallan

Senior Verity Hicks recorded two first-place finishes for the Hawkeyes in Iowa’s dual meet against in-state rival Iowa State last Friday. Hicks captured Iowa’s first win of the night with a season-best time of 1:51.42 in the 200 freestyle. She went on to win the 500 free, posting a time of 4:58.85 before contributing to a second-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:26.62). This is the first weekly honor of Hicks’ career.

Last Iowa Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Christine Kuczek (Dec. 16, 2009)

Women’s Diver of the Week:
Sarah Clay, Michigan State
So. - Fishers, Ind. - Hamilton SE

Sarah Clay earned her second weekly diving laurel of the season after posting a pair of top finishes to help Michigan State edge Ball State, 155-145, on Saturday. The Spartan sophomore posted an NCAA qualifying score of 297.00 in the one-meter competition to best the field by nearly 50 points. She later followed that performance with a 276.23 mark on the three-meter platform to rake in some crucial points for the Spartans. 

Last Michigan State Women’s Diver of the Week: Sarah Clay (Oct. 20, 2009)